Victoria Brewster

Why do I write on the topics of death, dying, and end of life? Why do I want to raise awareness about these topics? Why do I want discussions to flow and planning to occur?

Some think it is morbid that this is my interest, others admire my choice-to me it is all part of the journey…

You might also ask, who am I? I have worked as a case manager and group facilitator for 18 years focusing on older adults in a non-profit community setting. Before this I was a therapist who worked with children and families and as a case manager with adults with mental health issues.

I have found that the areas of death and dying are not ones that many want to delve into. If you are hesitating or find yourself uncomfortable perhaps the question to ask yourself is why? Your religious affiliation, values, and morals may play a part in how you approach this topic, along with your own thoughts on the issues of death and dying. What has been your personal experience? Have you been exposed to death and loss?

I have been fortunate to come across many warm, dedicated professionals through social media and in doing book reviews who feel the same as I and this is their focus.

Join me on the journey and remember, in order to be born, we will all die one day; part of the cycle of life…

I write articles on the topics of death, dying, and end of life and I have co-authored one book with another on the way. I am looking to lead workshops, run book discussion groups and train both professionals and lay-people on these topics. That is my end goal.

I have been writing since I was a teenager beginning with poetry and short stories leading up to articles, blog posts, and a book! Journey’s End: Death, Dying, and the End of Life, Xlibris July 2017.

Book 2 is being written now and we are aiming for a Summer 2019 publication.

I am also writing a book about my journey through life, my upbringing, and all I have learned along the way that led me to where I am today. November/December 2018 publication planned.

I just read this in a book and it is important to share: “I learned we all suffer and lose someone or something we love.” My take away is life is a journey and as hard as it is, death is a part of life. You cannot have one without the other…

Reach out to me!

mswwrites.vbrewster@gmail.com

514-891-0725

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**Please note all the nature photos and most of the animal photos on this site are taken by me. When the moment strikes and I see beautiful flowers, trees, creeks, cute dogs and cats, plus – I whip out my iPhone and take a photo!*

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To go further:

What is MSW Writes?
It has been a long time in the making….it combines all my passions and loves (except people) into one place; writing, education, book reviews and my idea of ‘Food for Thought’ Discussion groups (think Death Café+).
At the beginning of 2018 I said to myself, “This is THE year for me.” AND it is all coming true!
I remarried this year, I wrote and am about to publish my first solo book; “The Upbringing that Encircles Me: a Memoir” later this month on Amazon. I am currently writing and editing book 2 of the ‘Journey’s End’ series with Julie Saeger Nierenberg and we are aiming for a summer 2019 publication, and I am starting a ‘Food for Thought’ Discussion group in January 2019 in the heart of Monkland Village in NDG, Quebec, Canada!
It has also been a year with adversity which I am striving to overcome. I fell, actually tripped, going UP the stairs in my home just over a month ago. Luckily, and I count my blessings every day, my left shoulder hit first followed by my chin and left side of the face.
I had horrible pain in my shoulder and did not even think about my head as that pain was minimal……fast forward 12 hours later….ER visit and after spending all day at the hospital-mild concussion and injured shoulder. What I remember most was the care of the staff-all amazing and overworked. The doctor had this amazing British accent and told me the scan of the head meant my brain was ‘normal’- good to know. No bleed were the words used. And the X-ray showed no broken bones or a fracture. Yeah??
I am still recovering. I am still light sensitive, noise sensitive, cannot take crowds, ambient setting on my laptop and phone, and slowly I am inching it up each day towards the blue light setting which is the ‘normal’ setting. No TV for a month and at this point I do not miss it. Reading- I can do more of each day and for longer stretches….. The moral to all this-concussions are real and not just for athletes or those in car accidents…..one cannot see what is going on inside my head, but I can tell you it is not fun.
But it has been 3.5 years of adversity since I left my ex. It was the right thing to do. We grew apart and we are both much happier with our respective others. What matters is the kids see this. We co-parent amazingly well and to me it is about the kids, but about our happiness too! Who wants to go through life being unhappy….
So- go for it. Follow your dreams, and be willing to work hard to get where you need, and want to go!

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